sea anemones

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Neato, sea anemone

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People have been really curious ever since the last page of “A Brush Fixed With Love” where Tanrine said her moms are waiting for her. Yep, plural. That was no typo. Tanrine has two moms. Her biological mom and her new girlfriend, a sea anemone (and her fish)

So no, Tanrine is not adopted. Her parents simply divorced and her mom found a new love. Tanrine still visits her dad when ever she can.

Unfortunately these two lovely ladies (and fish) don’t have names yet but I’ll be sure to introduce them properly when I know

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Feeding a sea anemone in an aquarium…wait for the shrimp

ecosystems coral reef

diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The polyps belong to a group of animals known as Cnidaria, which also includes sea anemones and jellyfish.

Explore the Oregon Coast at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, which stretches a mile from the shore into the Pacific Ocean. Look for harbor seals year-round and gray whales feeding in shallow waters during summer months. Listen to the applause-like sound as the waves roll in over the rounded rocks of Cobble Beach. When the tide is low, a vibrant ocean floor is revealed – stroll alongside tide pools to see colorful animals like orange sea stars, purple sea urchins and giant green anemones. It’s also home to Oregon’s tallest lighthouse! Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands